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The Kent Chronicles

4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Based on John Jakes’s bestselling historical novels

With William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Don Johnson, Patricia Neal, George Hamilton, Delta Burke, and Tom Bosley

Nominated for two Emmys® and a Golden Globe®

Based on the bestselling novels by John Jakes (North and South), this star-studded Revolution-era romp follows the fortunes of a young Frenchman (Andrew Stevens, Dallas) as he immigrates to America and crosses paths with historical heavyweights, including Paul Revere (William Shatner, Star Trek), Benjamin Franklin (Tom Bosley, Happy Days), Samuel Adams (William Daniels, St. Elsewhere), and George Washington (Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible).

Filled with adventure and romance, these three miniseries chronicle the saga of the Kent family in early America. In The Bastard, Frenchman Phillipe Charboneau adopts a new identity as Philip Kent in the colonies. In The Rebels, Kent fights in the War of Independence and strikes up a friendship with a dashing and reckless Virginian (Don Johnson, Miami Vice). The Seekers completes the story as Philip’s sons and grandson forge a life on the western frontier and fight in the War of 1812. Also starring Patricia Neal (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), George Hamilton (Where the Boys Are), Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet), Delta Burke (Designing Women), and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).


Special Features

BONUS
Original trailer (2 min.) and a biography of John Jakes

SDH subtitles

Contains violence and sexual situations

Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond our ability to correct from the original materials.

Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Stevens, Tom Bosley, William Shatner, Don Johnson, Randolph Mantooth
  • Directors: Lee H. Katzin, Russ Mayberry, Sidney Hayers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 568 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TSV4IS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
Format: DVD
Between 1974 and 1979, author John Jakes introduced America to the Kent family in eight wildly popular novels. Originally conceived to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the books follow different members of the Kent clan around the time of the American Revolution. They start with the immigration of the original patriarch, Phillipe Charboneau (he changes his name to Phillip Kent) and proceed through history many generations later. The timing of the series couldn't have been more perfect for a television interpretation. Network TV was just discovering the possibility of EVENT programming with offerings like "Roots" in 1977 and "Centennial" in 1978. So in 1978 and 1979, the first three novels in the Kent Family Chronicles were aired for a public looking for the next big thing.

Two things need to be mentioned about any television production of this time. First, they are very much a product of their era. They will invariably appear dated due to the constraints of their medium. You can't expect the gritty realism available to networks like HBO today. And second, while bursting with famous figures and actual events, they are not meant to be taken as literal lessons in history. The Kent Chronicles are best appreciated as an adult soap opera set in a historical setting. These shows can be clunky, cheesy, awkward and amateurish at times but these juicy potboilers are really a fantastic time capsule. It would be easy to pick them apart, but it's just as easy to accept them as the pulpy fun they are (the unforgettable and equally ridiculous casting make it worth it, if nothing else)!

That said, this release combines all three miniseries productions into a 3 disc set.
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Weren't the `70s a great time to be alive? What other decade could've given us THE KENT CHRONICLES, a trio of TV mini-series produced by Universal and syndicated to local channels shortly after America's Bicentennial celebration.

Based on John Jakes' bestsellers (the same author of "North & South," whose books would be more memorably brought to TV several years later), each mini-series (roughly three hours in length) follows the journey of Frenchman Philippe Carboneau - aka Philip Kent - and his descendants, from the original Kent's (Andrew Stevens) trip to the New World and run-ins with Paul Revere (William Shatner!), George Washington (Peter Graves!) and Ben Franklin (Tom Bosley!) among others - and by others, I mean a who's who of famous and bit-part actors from Patricia Neal to a young Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, Harry Morgan, Donald Pleasance and Olivia Hussey. The story was continued in "The Rebels" - with Kent engaging in the American Revolution - and the less entertaining, western-set "The Seekers," though a fetching, young Delta Burke, at least, makes an appearance in this final installment of the "Kent Family Chronicles."

Long out of print on home video, Acorn brings all three mini-series to DVD in the form of a three-disc box-set. Fans who've wanted to see these hard-to-find productions ought to be sufficiently entertained by the hokey backlot production values and actors playing themselves more than the historical figures they're supposed to embody - but, in this instance, that's also part of the charm. The 4:3 transfers and mono soundtracks are all adequate across the board.
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US history drama. A who's who of 1970s-1980s TV. The first NYTimes triple best-sellers adapted (but not closely) to television and now it's debatable which is best, books or miniseries? John Jakes authored the novels. A stellar cast in each of the 3 adaptations, so huge it's impossible to list all. It is `70s TV filming with SUBTITLES added. The music is good, sets and locations quite believable. It's a walk through America beginning in 1771 up to and past 1814. A lot of history, pioneer life, war, political change, and more in America's beginning steps leading to world prominence. The story is all seen through the eyes and lives of the fictional Kent family.

Over 3 hours for each episode. Action, adventure, history, romance, violence, & sexual situations make it for mature youth and older. So nostalgic to see all the stars, for those who lived in the 1970s.

The BASTARDS: 1771-1772
Philip Kent started as the illegitimate son of a Duke. Troubles led him to the new world to seek his means. Andrew Stevens is a believable Philip in "Bastards" & "Rebels." Through the encouragement of Ben Franklin (Tom Bosley), Kent seeks a printer's job and ultimately gets involved in early Boston activity (yes, tea involved) and men that forge a revolution toward liberty. The series was considered low-budget, but how could it be with the star-power.
Kim Cattrall (Philip's wife), Buddy Ebsen, Lorne Greene, Harry Morgan, Patricia Neal, Donald Pleasence, William Shatner (P. Revere), Noah Beery Jr., for starters.

The REBELS: 1775-1781
Philip plays a large role in the Revolution, working closely with Gen.
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